Re: Re : Thanks! (Was: Re: [R] R-2.1.0 is released)

From: Paulo Justiniano Ribeiro Jr <paulojus_at_est.ufpr.br>
Date: Fri 22 Apr 2005 - 03:09:42 EST

Adding a few more lines to this...

> >>>Don't forget that universities have to train their students with the
> >>>softwares companies are using.
> >

What do they use?
This may change among companies and countries. If we go for the majority we would probably end up teaching
only Excel - and F. Harrell would be desperate :) --

In some contries like Brazil, a software like R is doing a real revolution in practice and teaching of statistics. Access to modern statistical methods are readily accessible as they have never been before.

Several year of teaching based on commercial software have produced negligible results compared with what are are achieving now. This discussion reminds me a quote from Box, Hunter and Hunter book (may not be perfectly reproduced below):

"More important than teaching statistical methods is to teach the statistical thinking"

best
P.J.

Paulo Justiniano Ribeiro Jr
LEG (Laboratório de Estatística e Geoinformação) Departamento de Estatística
Universidade Federal do Paraná
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